Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a face-to-face meeting with President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who is on an official visit to Georgia.
The head of the Government thanked the President of Armenia for his visit and emphasized positive dynamics of the good-neighborly relations between the countries throughout many years.
"Dear President, I would like to welcome you. We are glad that you decided to visit Georgia. First of all, I would like to congratulate you with the upcoming New Year and wish you peace and stable development for your country. I am glad that your visit finalizes the year when we celebrated 25th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. However, our relations count centuries and they have always been as warm and good-neighbourly as they are today. We welcome the growing dynamics of our bilateral relations. Welcome!" - Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed Serzh Sargsyan.
The President of Armenia thanked the Prime Minister of Georgia for the warm welcome and expressed his hopes for deepening the relations between the countries.
"Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much for this warm welcome. I am sure that high-level meeting will have solely positive effect on the ever-growing relations between our countries. The path undertaken in last millennium bounds and obliges us to serve our nations throughout the period entrusted to us in a decent manner. I would like to wish Georgian people a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and wish them patience, optimism, since we have no other choice, we have to develop even further," - the President of Armenia noted.
The parties discussed bilateral relations across various fields as well as an official visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili to Armenia, which is scheduled in the near future.
„This year marks the 25th anniversary of Georgia's membership in the UN. I would like to say with pride that over this period, we have managed to transform our country from a UN humanitarian aid recipient into a regional leader that now serves as the Chair of the Open Government Partnership" - with these words the Prime Minister of Georgia addressed the representatives of the diplomatic corps, international and non-governmental organizations attending the UN Day Reception.
Prime Minister congratulated the UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia Niels Scott and spoke about the UN-Georgia fruitful cooperation.
"Our success story is in many ways connected to the fruitful and active involvement of the United Nations in Georgia and a very important cooperation that we have in so many fields. We cooperate with 13 UN agencies in the most important directions, such as democratic governance, human rights, rule of law, economic and social development, healthcare, education, employment and environmental protection. We have gained huge experience and we are very well aware of the importance of cooperation with the UN structures. Today, from this tribune, I would like to reassert that Georgia firmly supports the UN's engagement in the country as well as throughout the region in terms of fortification of the stability and achieving sustainable development. It is our Government's honor to serve as the chair of OGP and contribute to a powerful global movement for openness and deeper democracies that promotes the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 16: "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels," - the Prime Minister stated.
The head of the Government also commented on the first plenary session of the Sustainable Development Goal Council that was held today. According to him, respective platform is a clear indication of the close cooperation in terms of implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
"Every country and government has joined this path of global transformation and integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development into the national priorities. Georgia has already taken steps to reinforce the effective governance and ensure the participation of all relevant stakeholders in the decision making process. That's precisely why Georgia remains committed to the UN and its work. I would like to once again thank Niels Scott and his colleagues for their tireless efforts in contributing to Georgia's development. We look forward to many more years of constructive, stronger partnership between Georgia and UN agencies," - the Prime Minister of Georgia noted.
UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia Niels Scott also emphasized the UN-Georgia cooperation and the progress achieved by the country.
"Since Georgia joined the United Nations in 1992 in the midst of internal and external adversity and chaos, it has not only undergone a remarkable transformation, but also become a highly active and much-esteemed member of the UN. Georgia continues to make substantial contribution to UN's works on security, peace, development and human rights. This dynamic of international engagement reflects the strong will of Georgian government and people to support the work of the UN for stronger, more sustainable economic growth, clean environment and water, equal opportunities and gender equality, better education and healthcare and a decent life to all. I would therefore like to thank once more the government and people of Georgia for this valuable partnership and enabling the UN to continue contributing to Georgia's development," - Niels Scott noted.
Tbilisi Belt & Road Forum will take place for the second time on 28-29 November, 2017. The forum is held under the patronage of H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia and is jointly organized by the Ministries of Economy and Sustainable Development and Foreign Affairs.
Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum of 2017 aims to serve as a biennial platform for high-level government and private sector dialogues. In this respect, establishing a platform for comprehensive dialogue is vitally important.
This year, the Forum expects to host over 1000 political leaders, diplomats, experts, representatives of international organizations and businesses, including multinational corporations to discuss factors which define the regional and global trade, including trade facilitation, opportunities of e-commerce and digital connectivity, transport infrastructure and energy sector.
In addition to discussions on wide array of issues during November 28-29, the Forum also offers companies opportunities to participate in business-to-business meetings on 29th of November to network, share experiences and knowledge.
Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum extends on the mission of “Tbilisi Silk Road Forum” of 2015.Where over 800 participants from over 50 countries and official government delegations from 34 countries participated in “Tbilisi Silk Road Forum 2015.
Georgia has a responsible government and Georgia is a stable country - Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed deputy Minister of Economy of Italy Ivan Scalfarotto and the representatives of Italian business sector he hosted at an official dinner. According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia has a success story that it can share with friendly Italy - the country that has been one of the greatest supporters of Georgia's sovereignty, its independence and territorial integrity as well as its foreign policy aspirations since the day of regaining independence.
The head of the Government thanked the deputy Minister of Economy of Italy and the representatives of around 40 prominent Italian companies and informed them about the reforms implemented across various areas throughout the last few years in Georgia. Giorgi Kvirikashvili also discussed the "excellent investment climate and impressive success" achieved by the country, which is reflected in the international rankings. According to him, due to the Free Trade Agreements with the EU and neighboring countries, Georgia is a window to a number of markets with more than 2 billion consumers, recently China also became Georgia's free trade partner.
The head of the Government introduced the 4-point reform plan to the representatives of Italian business sector in a detailed manner. The said plan covers education system, economic and governance system reforms as well as spatial planning and aims at bringing a qualitative change to the country's main indicators within 3-4 years. According to the Prime Minister, every step taken by the government of Georgia is a part of the united vision of the Government concerning the development of Georgia.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili also emphasized the impressive progress achieved by Georgia in terms of foreign policy and discussed the cooperation with EU and NATO.
According to him, the Government of Georgia puts particular emphasis on the stability of the country, which is a key to its development.
"This is why we chose, let's say more constructive approach when we deal with Russia. Occupation remains the biggest challenge for Georgia. And territorial integrity is the most important issue in our agenda. Unfortunately we witness erupting the borders on our territory across the administrative border with our own regions, but we believe that with our very constructive approach, with very consistent approach and with the help and engagement of our strategic partners, and I am very glad that we see Italians here in Georgia, our strongest allies, we believe that with our peaceful and constructive approach we will unify the country. But stability is also important for investments. Our partners should know that Georgia has a responsible government and that Georgia is a stable country. Despite our challenges we appreciate stability we achieved and we understand importance of this stability for the development of the country. So we welcome your presence here. We welcome deepening of bilateral ties with Italy," - Prime Minister of Georgia noted.
The deputy Minister of Economy thanked Georgian Prime Minister for hosting him and hoped that the visit of the representatives of Italian companies will be a beginning of a new success story in Georgia.
"We appreciate that Georgia is moving forward in all fields. This is a very attractive economic hub, it is an island of democracy and of stability in a turbulent environment and in a strategic region - on the crossroads between the East and the West," - Ivan Scalfarotto stated.
Members of the Government of Georgia, representatives of around 40 largest Italian companies and Georgian business sector attended the official dinner.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili has been provided with information on anti-fire efforts in Borjomi as well as Ateni Gorge, Shida Kartli, Georgia.
As a reminder, the fire also erupted in the forest of the Boshuri village, Gori district, Shida Kartli region.
As reported by the governmental administration of Georgia the fire has been localized in Ateni. Soldiers continue working in the gorge for full prevention.
‘The fire has also stopped spreading at new locations at Borjomi gorge. The fire area has also significantly reduced. Several locations are still engulfed in flames. Rescuers and firefighters brigades worked all night in the gorge… Five helicopters resumed working starting with this morning. The plane sent by Turkey has also engaged in the process. 95 firefighter-rescuers from Azerbaijan, 70 – from Armenia are in the gorge to help the Georgian firefighters. Heavy technique from Azerbaijan and Armenia is also involved in the efforts,’ the administration says.
Vice President of the United States Mike Pence arrived in Tbilisi. Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and his spouse Maka Tsinadze greeted the Vice President and his spouse Karen Pence. The official meeting ceremony was held at the Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli International Airport.
Today the Prime Minister will host the US Vice President, his spouse and the members of the American delegation at an official dinner.
The US Vice President was invited to Georgia by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Respective visit is held within the frames of Pence's first European tour.
Georgian Prime Minister held a farewell meeting with Nuncio of the Holy See to Georgia Marek Solchinski whose tenure expired recently.
The parties discussed the rapidly growing bilateral relations and the successful visit of the Pope of Rome to Georgia.
According to Marek Solchinski, Pope Francis is happy to have developed after his recent visit excellent relations with His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of All-Georgia Ilia II.
The Nuncio of the Holy See also emphasized the importance of the years he spent in Georgia, during which numerous reforms were carried out in the country. According to him, Georgia is the constantly progressing regional leader, and a vital role in this process is played by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
The Prime Minister of Georgia thanked Marek Solchinski for his contribution to the development of bilateral relations and wished the Nuncio success in all of his future endeavors.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili urges everyone against jumping into conclusions on the case of Azerbaijani citizen Afgan Mukhtarli and against discrediting state institutions.
As the Prime Minister emphasized during today's Government meeting, he understands the concerns of citizens and human rights NGOs, but drawing premature conclusions is unacceptable.
"It is especially unacceptable to discredit the institutions in charge of national security. An investigation is underway. The Interior Minister made a statement, we maintain contact with our Azerbaijani colleagues, and I urge everyone against jumping into conclusions until the investigation is over. Fostering the discreditation of our state institutions will make protecting our security a very challenging task. Trust between our citizens and the state is what sustains genuinely democratic state-building. Therefore, I once again urge everyone to abstain from jumping into conclusions and from discrediting our state institutions. Of course, I urge our law enforcement to probe into this case as fast as possible, so that no one in our country may doubt the validity of respect for human rights, to assure everyone that the insinuations circulating in the past two days, including those suggesting that he was transferred, for example, are but groundless. It is absolutely unacceptable. Of course, I rule out the slightest possibility of our state institutions being involved. An investigation is underway, so we must wait for its findings," the Prime Minister of Georgia stated.
On invitation from US Vice President Mike Pence, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold an official visit to the United States of America on May 8-10.
During the visit, a meeting between the Head of Georgian Government and US Vice President Mike Pence will be held at the White House. Giorgi Kvirikashvili will be also hosted by US State Secretary Rex Tillerson at the State Department.
In addition, the Prime Minister of Georgia will meet with the chairs of different committees at US Senate. During the US visit, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will have meetings with leading US experts as well.
The Georgian delegation includes Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, the Prime Minister's Foreign Adviser Tedo Japaridze, and First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani.
The Prime Minister of Georgia will pay a state visit to Estonia in the nearest future. The details of the upcoming visit were discussed during today's meeting between Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Estonia's Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. The parties discussed Georgia's European and Euro-European integration and Estonia's strong support in this process. According to Sven Mikser, Estonia will continue supporting Georgia's European integration during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, with strengthening cooperation between the EU and its partners in Eastern Europe as one of its key priorities. The parties also spoke of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit this year.
The discussion also involved the situation in Georgia's occupied territories and villages along the occupation lines, with the Estonian Foreign Minister personally visiting the village of Khurvaleti earlier today. Sven Mikser reaffirmed Estonia's unwavering support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Special emphasis during the meeting was placed on the successfully developing Georgia-Estonia bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields. The Prime Minister introduced the Georgian Government's four-point reform agenda. Giorgi Kvirikashvili welcomes sharing Estonia's experience in a number of directions, including e-governance and tax administration reform.
The parties commended the growing trade dynamics and emphasized the need to further enhance the economic ties between the two countries.